Beyond Myths: Ideas, Values, and Processes in Design History
Vol 10, Número 1, April 2018
Editor: João de Souza Leite
This is a call for papers for Arcos Design magazine, Volume 10, number 1, concerning the History of Design.
Arcos Design is an academic journal in design, peer-reviewed, linked to the Graduate Program in Design of the School of Design (ESDI), State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Created in the 1990s by members of the ESDI faculty, when design post-graduate education in Brazil began, Arcos Design persists in promoting the intersection of design studies with philosophy, sociology, economics, in order to expand the understanding of the system of production and consumption of artifacts in general. The word Arcos refers not only to the historical site where ESDI is located, in downtown of Rio de Janeiro, in front of an old aqueduct of the 18th century, but also to the bridges that it intends to establish with several areas of knowledge.
After its edition was suspended for some time, the magazine was revived in digital format in the ESDI Graduate Program in Design, available at
Call for papers
We seek contributions that allow the understanding of design outside the conventional lines of historical investigation. In this sense, approaches that deal with the insertion of observed phenomena in all types of context, as long as well characterized, are of interest. In the range of questions raised by the terms “ideas, values, and processes”, it is important to articulate reflections in the historical dimension, whether in the past or in the present time, as well as investigate processes of invention and design properly located in cultural and technological geographies.
The following topics can be addressed, though not exclusively:
1. epistemological and methodological issues about the making of history;
2. historiographic issues facing the current challenges of design – history of
ideas, history of concepts, intellectual history, among other possibilities;
3. relations between distinct cultural manifestations;
4. world history versus unique stories, clearly identified with specific contexts;
5. micro-history of design – recording and critique of culturally located
6. macro-history in design – topics;
7. gender issues in project practice;
8. identity issues in project practice;
9. particular design processes in design;
10. historical topics in technology and design – e.g. linearity / modularity, analog /
We are grateful for the submission of contributions, which will be submitted to a peer-review process, with two evaluations. In case of a tie, a third evaluation will be requested. For the first time in the history of the publication, this edition of Arcos Design will have worldwide circulation, and therefore will be edited in English.
The size and format of contributions may vary from topical observations to the presentation of graphic or photographic documentation. The work shall be conducted at the academic level, and the academic articles formatted according to specified conventions.